2.3.4 Iraq Border Crossing of Ibrahim Khalil


Ibrahim Khalil is a border crossing point between Iraq and Turkey through KRI. Before the control point and gate there's a bridge crossing the Khabur river, which's forms the natural border between Iraq and Turkey. The crossing is located to the north of the town of Zakho form Iraqi said and south of the town of Silopi form Turkish side. Ibrahim Khalil is one of the most important border gates in Iraq and KRI as it is one of the critical points connecting Iraq/KRI with Europe through Turkey.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Iraq: Ibrahim Khalil

Turkey: Habour

Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Zakho (11 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

KRG of Iraq, Ministry of Interior, Border Port Authority.

KRG of Iraq, Ministry of Finance, Directorate of Customs.

Contact Person

Mr. Hamid Ali, Border Manager

Mr. Frsat Ali, Customs Manager - 009647504457628

Mr. Nezar Ali Ahmed, Deputy Border Manager - / 009647504670033

Dr. Muafaq Suleiman, Quality Control Manager at New Standard Company -


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Erbil International Airport (209 km)

Truck Travel Time: 4 hrs

Car Travel time: 2 hrs, 44 min

Nearest Port

Umm Qasr Port (1091 km)

Truck Travel Time: 48 hrs – 72 hrs

Car Travel time: 13 hrs

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity

Zakho (11 km)

Truck Travel Time: 20 hrs

Car Travel time: 0hrs:11 min

Other Information

Multiple fuel stations are available on the road.

Hours of Operation


24 hours/3 shifts


24 hours/3 shifts


24 hours/3 shifts


24 hours/3 shifts


24 hours/3 shifts (only when paperwork is already processed)


24 hours/3 shifts (only when paperwork is already processed)


24 hours/3 shifts

National Holidays

24 hours/3 shifts (only when paperwork is already processed)

Seasonal Constraints


Border Crossing Picture

Daily Capacity

Currently there are three bridges connecting KRI and Turkey. The first bridge is a 30 m wide one-way bridge. The second and the third are two-way bridges. For both import and export operations, Ibrahim Khalil has a total daily capacity that can handle approximately 5,000 trucks. For import activities the border crossing has a parking area with the capacity of 3,000 trucks of different types, except fuel tanks. Ibrahim Khalil Customs Compound has separate lines for trucks and cars. Nearly 1,000 cars cross the border per day to Iraqi’s side. Nearly 1,500 trucks cross the border per day to Iraqi’s side. Nearly 1,000 trucks cross the border per day to the Turkish side.

Customs Clearance

The expected duration of the procedure varies depending on the type of goods:

  1. Crossing times for trucks carrying Non-Food Items is approximately 3 hours.
  2. For trucks carrying food crossing times are 24-72 hours (subject to the quality control at the border)
  3. Dry food is approximately 24 hours.
  4. Medicines is approximately 2-3 hours.

For more information on customs in Iraq, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information. 

Other Relevant Information

  1. Certificate of Conformity (CoC):
    1. Shipment coming to KRI through Ibrahim Khalil are required to have CoC. The list of Commodities requires CoC is below. COC must be obtained by Intertek.
    2. Shipments weighing less than 5 MT won't be subject to the above CoC requirement.
  2. Endorsement of shipping documents: Shipping documents (certificate of origin, certificate of analysis, invoices, packing list, etc...) are required to be endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce at the country of origin or Iraqi embassy.
  3. Authorization letter for clearing agents: Organizations are required to provide time-pounded letter of authorization on letterhead, signed and stamped, to brokers/customs agents at Ibrahim Khalil borders, and a case-by-case authorization letter to airport clearing agents for air shipments.
  4. Representatives of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agricultural are present at the border to inspect and check Medicines, Food, Agricultural products, and Animal commodities. which must have all the necessary approvals beforehand.
  5. Rzgari bank is available at Ibrahim Khalil crossing to facilitate the business issue.

Certificate of Conformity (English)

Certificate of Conformity (Arabic)

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List.

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